Faith and the Warriors Spirit

There is something to be said about the spiritual warrior, one who engages the powers of darkness in their own life and in the lives around them with prayer and the strength of their faith in Jesus Christ, their savior and king.  They face down both their own fears and the demons that have a hold on their own lives, then turn in victory and battle the demons that inhabit the world around them.  They cannot sit back and allow the Kingdom of Hell to advance any farther.  They are warriors who fight with love, mercy and prayer.

Growing up as an Army Brat, I was surrounded by soldiers and warriors who fought a different type of war.  Their battles can be seen throughout the world.  They take up weapons that can kill in an instant.  They train untill they are in peak physical condition.  They are respected and honored, but at the same time scrutinized, criticized and insulted through words, actions and indifference. 

Over the years I have become fascinated with what it means to be a warrior, spiritually and physically.  But as I have dived deeper into my faith, I find myself asking difficult questions.  How do we keep honoring those who fight and die when our faith calls me to respect life and to love even my enemies?  Our faith calls us to peace, but why do we arm ourselves with weapons, with a fighting spirit, and with the training in martial arts?  How do we reconcile the warrior inside each of us with God? 

I believe that God has called each of us to become warriors, barbarians in our faith.  He has called us to love unconditionally and to fight for our faith with everything that we have.  He has called us to die for him. 

I am a protector.  While in Spain over spring break my sophomore year of college with a group of fellow art students from Anderson University, I was given the nickname “Mother Hen” because I kept track of where everyone was throughout the week.  Here in my team with AmeriCorps NCCC we were given the task of assigning a single word to each person to describe them.  I was given “Defender.” 

While our faith calls us to love and peace, I feel that at times each of us must decide to enter into the fray of life.  There will be times that action is required, when love is shown through putting oneself into harms way, sacrificing ourselves to save another. 

The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference.  I train my body, mind and soul so that when the time comes I will have the courage and strength to fulfill my faith by living out the ultimate sacrifice. 

God calls us to be spiritual and physical warriors.  He has called us to live out our faith and battle the powers of darkness each and every day through the way that we pray, live and reveal our faith to those around the world.  We not only defend others from the spiritual forces of darkness but from physical and emotional harm as well.  God has called us to both.

Take up your swords, the Word, and engage in the battle that surrounds you.

God Bless and PEACE

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  1. Reuben Said:

    G. K. Chesterton said this (excerpted from his preface to “Nicholas Nickleby”):

    “There have been many symptoms of cynicism and decay in our modern civilisation. But of all the signs of modern feebleness, of lack of grasp on morals as they actually must be, there has been none quite so silly of so dangerous as this: that the philosophers of to-day have started to divide loving from fighting and to put them into opposite camps. There could be no worse sign than that a man, even Nietzsche, can be found to say that we should go in for fighting instead of loving. There can be no worse sign than that a man, even Tolstoi, can be found to tell us that we should go in for loving instead of fighting. The two things imply each other; they implied each other in the old romance and in the old religion, which were the two permanent things of humanity. You cannot love a thing without wanting to fight for it. You cannot fight without something to fight for. To love a thing without wishing to fight for it is not love at all; it is lust. It may be an airy, philosophical, and disinterested lust; it may be, so to speak, a virgin lust; but it is lust, because it is wholly self-indulgent and invites no attack. On the other hand, fighting for a thing without loving it is not even fighting; it can only be called a kind of horse-play that is occasionally fatal. Wherever human nature is human and unspoilt by any special sophistry, there exists this natural kinship between war and wooing, and that natural kinship is called romance. It comes upon a man especially in the great hour of youth; and every man who has ever been young at all has felt, if only for a moment, this ultimate and poetic paradox. He knows that loving the world is the same thing as fighting the world. It was at the very moment when he offered to like everybody he also offered to hit everybody.”


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